323 N. Parkerson Avenue,
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The Rice Theatre opened January 31, 1941 (after a delay in construction in 1940 due to flooding) at a cost of about $100,000. The opening movie was Rosalind Russell in “This Thing Called Love”. The 1,000-seat Art Moderne style theatre seated 700 on the orchestra level and another 300 in the balcony. The theatre closed in late-October 1983, and remained vacant for almost 20 years, before the Rice Theatre was acquired by the city of Crowley in 1986 for the Rice City Civic Center (“The Rice City” being Crowley’s nickname).
Thousands of dollars have been put into the theatre’s restoration, which is ongoing as funds permit, including a new roof, stage, carpeting, paint, curtains, lighting and sound, and restrooms. The marquee and murals on the south and north walls were also restored to their original appearance.
Today, the historic Rice Theatre hosts live entertainment and concerts, including country, Gospel, and Cajun music.
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